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The Royal Bopsters Stand Nearly Alone in Carrying On a Curiously Neglected Jazz Tradition

Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross were inarguably the major vocal group in the history of jazz, but perhaps they were too successful: Their music was so overwhelmingly beloved in the jazz world that virtually no one has even attempted to pick up their mantle.

Sheila Jordan at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, May 1985. Detail of photo by Brian McMillen, via Wikimedia Commons



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Mr. Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, the New York Stage Review, Vanity Fair, Playboy magazine, and other publications. The host of the radio show ‘Sing! Sing! Sing!’ on San Diego KSDS on Saturday mornings, he also is the author of 10 books including the award-winning ‘A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers,’ ‘Sinatra: The Song Is You,’ ‘Stardust Melodies,’ ‘Tony Bennett: The Good Life,’ ‘Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies,’ and ‘Jazz Singing.’ He has written more than 600 liner notes for compact discs, received 11 Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and in documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music. Current books: ‘The Great Jazz And Pop Vocal Albums’ (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017), ‘Sinatra: The Song Is You! - New Revised Edition’ (Chicago Review Press, May 2018), and ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Life and Music of Nat King Cole’ (Oxford University Press, July 2020). He studied elocution with Prof. Henry Higgins and musicology with Prof. Harold Hill.

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